The 10 Best Breakfasts And Brunches In Downtown San Diego

French Toast | © Deror Avi/WikiCommons
French Toast | © Deror Avi/WikiCommons
Photo of Helen Silverstein
25 October 2016

Downtown San Diego has a bustling night life, and the perfect way to recover after a night out is with a delicious breakfast or brunch. With so many fantastic cafés and restaurants, there are many perfect brunch or breakfast eateries in downtown San Diego. Read on to discover the 10 best places to get breakfast and brunch in downtown San Diego, California.

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The Broken Yolk Café

Cafe, Mexican, Fast Food, Vegetarian, French, $$$
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The Broken Yolk Café is a San Diego classic. The cheerful café with booths and exposed beams sits one block away from Petco Park. Some of The Broken Yolk’s breakfast specialties include varieties of eggs Benedict, nutella crepes, sweet potato pancakes, fried chicken and waffles, French toast stuffed with Marscapone cheese and bananas, and ‘tiki toast,’ which is sweet Hawaiian bread French toasted and topped with berries and shredded coconut. The Broken Yolk also serves a variety of omelets, burgers, sandwiches and salads.

Le Parfait Paris

Bakery, French, Dessert, $$$
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Le Parfait Paris bakes a variety of pastries and desserts.
Le Parfait Paris bakes a variety of pastries and desserts | © Le Parfait Paris
This Gaslamp bakery on G Street serves as the perfect place for a light breakfast or brunch. Le Parfait Parisserves a variety of freshly baked French breads, pastries, and macarons. The bakery also serves several types of sandwiches, eggs, fruit bowls, salads, and eggs Benedict. Customers can order multiple flavors of coffee to go with their breakfast or brunch, such as pumpkin spice lattes, cappuccinos, Nutella macaron macchiatos, and café bonbon. A variety of wines, beers, champagnes, and cocktails are also available.


Restaurant, Greek, American, Vegetarian, Fast Food, Cocktails, $$$
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Meze is a Mediterranean and Greek fusion restaurant in the Gaslamp that serves a popular brunch on Saturdays and Sundays in the morning and early afternoon. Meze offers some Mediterranean twists on breakfast favorites with their Mediterranean omelet, gyro omelet, and ‘noble spartan omelet.’ They also offer other classics like eggs Benedict and a breakfast burrito. As an added bonus, bottomless mimosas and bloody Marys come with every entrée item, and customers can also order their ‘St. Germain brunch sangria’ to go with their meal.

Lucky’s Lunch Counter

Diner, American, Vegan, Vegetarian, Fast Food
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Breakfast is served all day at Lucky’s Lunch Counter, a retro diner across from Petco Park that’s modeled after classic Chicago lunch counters. Customers can sit at the long lunch counter while they eat their breakfast or lunch. For breakfast, Lucky’s serves bagel sandwiches, pancakes, eggs, bacon, yogurt parfaits, and Belgian waffles. Customers can even build their own omelet or breakfast burrito. Lucky’s also serves a selection of lunch entrées including overstuffed sandwiches, customizable salads, hot dogs with toppings, and soups.

Café de L’Opera

Cafe, American, Coffee, Tea , Fast Food
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Café de L’Opera is an artistic café and coffee shop bakes its own pastries including its croissants, scones, macarons, brownies, and cookies. Customers can sit at tables or on plush sofas as they eat croissant sandwiches, French rolls, pita wraps, salads, and paninis. The café’s signature breakfast dish is a variety of toppings scrambled in eggs inside of a bagel or naan bread. The café also offers smoothies, juices, and a variety of types of organic coffee including mint mojito, turkish latte, dirty chai, and caramel macchiato.

Myxologie Juice Bar

Bar, Juice Bar, Healthy, Fast Food, American
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Myxologie Juice Bar is a juice and smoothie bar that is perfect for breakfast or brunch. Myxologie Juice Bar serves a variety of cold pressed juices as well as fresh juices like ‘watermelon cooler,’ ‘walk of shame juice,’ and ‘jugo verde.’ Myxologie also offers a selection of fresh smoothies such as ‘green glam,’ ‘pitaya coloda,’ ‘apple pitaya of my eye,’ ‘skinny bitch,’ ‘the triathlete,’ and ‘green tealicious.’ In addition, Myxologie offers more substantial brunch fare like blended açai bowls, Belgian waffles, Nutella crepes, eggs, paninis, and wraps.


Restaurant, American
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Located inside The W San Diego hotel, Kelvin is a trendy, modern restaurant with a west coast inspired menu. Kelvin offers breakfast during the weekdays and brunch during the weekends. For breakfast, Kelvin offers items like steel cut oatmeal brûlée (oatmeal encrusted with sugar), sweet potato pancakes, French toast, eggs Benedict, buttermilk pancakes, omelets, and chilaquiles (poached eggs with salsa tossed corn tortilla chips). For brunch, Kelvin serves most of their popular breakfast items along with more afternoon-style food such as a burger and salads.


Bar, Pub, Restaurant, Wine, Beer, American, Cocktails, $$$
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Werewolf is an American style pub in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp quarter that serves breakfast until 1pm every day. Its breakfast options include pork belly Benedict, biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos, hush puppies in gravy, huevos rancheros, and pancakes. Customers can also select plates from their regular menu like sandwiches, burgers, salads, and tacos. Werewolf has a full bar with a variety of cocktails as well as popular punch bowls. On the weekends they have brunch, an amped up version of their breakfast.

Zymology 21

Bar, Restaurant, American, Vegan, Vegetarian
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Zymology 21 is a science themed bar and restaurant where drinks come in measuring cups and test tubes and the bar itself looks like the inside of a chemistry lab. For brunch, Zymology serves a unique chicken and waffles with habanero agave nectar and an herb cheddar waffle. Their French toast is also made with a creative twist — it’s corn flake challah bread with vanilla ice cream and custard. They serve a mix of brunch favorites and special concoctions, like mimosas, Cubano pork sandwiches, cured salmon tartaré, and green eggs and lamb.

The Mission

Restaurant, American, Asian, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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Located on J Street, The Mission is a Latin American and Asian fusion restaurant with a focus on innovative, healthy food. For breakfast, the Mission serves beautifully displayed plates of cinnamon french toast with berries, Mission rosemary potatoes, roast beef hash and eggs, chicken apple sausage and eggs, breakfast burritos, chilaquiles, plates with soy chorizo, various types of pancakes including blueberry cornmeal pancakes, strawberry banana pancakes, strawberry granola pancakes, and blackberry pancakes, sweet corn tamales, and their ‘zen’ breakfast (tofu with rice and grilled veggies).